Recreational fisherman lands large stingray near Vermerette off Herm Island on 18 October 2009

October 19th, 2009 by Richard Lord

A recreational angler caught a 59 lb exactly (26.76 kgs.) female stingray, Dasyatis pastinaca, in shallow water near Vermerette off Herm’s west coast (about 400 yards from Herm harbour) just before low water on the afternoon of Sunday 18 October 2009.

The ray had a total length of 124 cm and a disc width of 76 cm. The stomach of the fish contained about 20 well-digested sandeels and some small shrimp (it is a bottom feeder.)   The liver weighed 4859 grams (10.7 lbs.).

Former Guernsey Press angling correspondent Len Le Page said that this fish is just shy of the British boat-caught angling record for stingray.

The 59 lbs. female stingray, Dasyatis pastinaca, caught off Vermerette about 400 yards from Herm harbour (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

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